Cop pulls man from car just before it becomes 'engulfed in flames'

Cary Ashby • Jul 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Call it the story of two Good Samaritans who helped a man escape a burning car.

Certainly the incident was a matter of great timing.

Greenwich Police Officer Nicholas Tenore was flagged down by someone Saturday.

"They said, 'That car that just passed is on fire,'" Chief Steve Dorsey said. "The car was on fire underneath."

That was when Tenore jumped into action by following the vehicle in his cruiser.

"He ran up to the door and told the guy he needed to get out. When he got him out, the car (became) engulfed in flames," Dorsey said.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office and Tri-Community Joint Fire District responded to the scene, which was just outside the Greenwich village limits. No further information was available from either agency.

"The sheriff's office did the report, but Tenore was the first one there," Dorsey said.

Tenore is new to the Greenwich Police Department. His first day was June 30; Dorsey said Tenore was promoted to part-time Saturday -- the day of the incident.

"Before that he was in the Marine Corps for eight years," the chief added.

"He did a great job. As a matter of fact, it was his first day on the job by himself," Dorsey said.

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